Funding body information


Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
Town Hall
Wood Street
0845 8 506 506

Point of contact:

Rachael Pilling, Community Cohesion Officer, 01924 305174,
Leonie Honnieman-Smith, Neighbourhood Support Officer, 01924 305745,


Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council manages one grant scheme for voluntary sector organisations:

Community Chest grants:

Each ward has a budget of £9,000 to distribute to voluntary sector organisations and community groups. Grants are available for the purchase of specific items or towards the cost of specific pieces of work. For further details on the Community Chest grant scheme, visit the following page: Community Chest

Additional Funding

'Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund'

£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country.Community First is managed by the community Development Foundation (CDF) and is part of the new programme of community funding brought in to replace Grassroots Grants. The Neighbourhood Matched Fund aims to provide local communities with the means to address their own priorities. The key apsects of the fund are: 

  • communities will set up local panels in each eligible ward, and will decide upon projects for funding in their area;
  • it is a matched fund programme, which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time);
  • funding has been allocated at ward level across every local authority in England. Eligible wards were selected on the basis of high levels of deprivation and significant increases in benefits claimants. The amount of funding for each area is based on the concentration of these characteristics within a ward.

Within Wakefield, the following has been allocated:

  • Wakefield East - £84,775
  • Wakefield North - £67,820
  • Wakefield West - £50,865.

For full details see the CDF website.

Many local authorities are now moving away from grant-making and beginning to use commissioning as a way to distribute funding to the third sector. Local commissioners can be difficult to find and identify, however NAVCA have created a guide that may help: 'Finding your Commissioner'

Voluntary Sector Funding Pages:

Voluntary Sector Directory

Voluntary and Community Sector Engagement Information

Useful organisations:

Wakefield District Voluntary Action

No Voluntary Sector Unit exists within the council, however full and comprehensive details on the Community Chest grant scheme are available from the website and all funding enquiries can be dealt with by the Community Cohesion team.

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